BUSSQ respects your privacy
Protecting personal information has always been important to us, but now the law requires that personal information is protected. The Commonwealth Privacy Act, in accordance with National Privacy Principles, determines how we must handle personal information. This is a summary of BUSSQ’s policy on the management of personal information about members.
BUSSQ has appointed a specialist Administrator and a group life insurer to provide services to the Fund. These service providers are authorised to use personal information only to administer contracted services, and are required to treat that information in the strictest confidence.
The personal information collected by BUSSQ is generally the member’s name and address and other contact details, date of birth, occupation, Tax File Number (if the member has chosen to quote it) and union membership (if the member has chosen to supply union membership details). BUSSQ normally collects this information through member applications and other forms, but may also collect information from a member’s employer, the taxation office or through direct contact with members. This information is needed to process each member’s application and administer their benefits. Over time this information is supplemented with financial and other information necessary to administer the member's account.
When assessing a member’s eligibility for insurance cover or in assessing an insurance claim, additional information may be collected from medical practitioners and from current and previous employers. Information collected for insurance purposes will normally only be disclosed to the Fund’s insurer. However, where a member may make a total and permanent disablement claim, information might then be disclosed to medical practitioners and other experts nominated by the Fund’s insurer. In addition, if there is any dispute about a member’s entitlement, BUSS(Q) or the administrator or the insurer may disclose information about the member to other advisers (for example, legal advisers).
A significant number of members of BUSSQ are also members of Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) and Construction Income Protection Queensland (CIPQ). BUSSQ may conduct a database matching process with BERT and CIPQ twice yearly to ensure each organization has the most up-to-date address for people who are members of more than one of them. Where the database search shows a different address for the same person, each organisation adopts the most recent address. The database matching process means that each member’s address on BUSSQ’s records is disclosed to BERT or CIPQ.
BUSSQ believes it is important that contributions are paid regularly. Any late payments are identified so steps can be taken to recover late contributions. As part of the process of monitoring contributions, BUSSQ, from time to time, supplies Fund Sponsors with information about the names of members employed by particular employers who are working on sites where an award, industrial agreement or enterprise bargain agreement is in place as well as the amount of contributions that have been made for them over a period of time.
BUSS(Q) also has obligations under Australian Government Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing provisions and may be required to provide information about your account to AUSTRAC. Should this be the case, we are unable, by law, to advise you that this has occurred.
We may use your information to tell you about products and services offered to BUSSQ members by other companies.
Your information may be used by BUSSQ to enable us to inform you about new and existing products and services that will enhance our relationship with you.
BUSSQ may pass information to Money Solutions Pty Ltd for the purpose of letting you know about products or services that might better serve your financial, superannuation or retirement needs.
With your consent we may use your information, including your tax file number, to find other superannuation accounts in your name. To do this we may provide your information to other superannuation funds or the Australian Taxation Office.
If you provide us with your address or email address, we may use it to send our regular communications such as updates on new and existing products and services. If you do not wish to receive any information about the services and products offered by BUSSQ or other companies, or if you previously expressed a preference and now wish to change it, call BUSSQ on 1800 MY BUSSQ (1800 692 877), or use our email facility on the website.